Udens

From left, Gerald Uden and Alice Uden

A Laramie County, Wyoming, judge sentenced Chadwick’s Alice Uden, 75, to life in prison Aug. 25, according to an Associated Press report.

On May 8 a jury, which according to an AP report consisted of seven women and four men, found Uden not guilty of first-degree murder but guilty of second-degree murder.

Alice Uden was arrested along with her husband, Gerald Uden, 71, at their Chadwick home in late September 2013 for first-degree murder charges in the more than 30-year-old deaths of four family members.

Alice Uden killed her husband, Ronald Holtz, who had been missing since Christmas of 1974. According to news reports, Uden’s defense said she shot her husband in self-defense, trying to protect her 2-year-old daughter, Erica Hayes.

Holtz’s skeletal remains was discovered in an abandoned mine shaft in rural Laramie County, Wyoming, in the summer of 2013.

In a face-to-face interview in June, Hayes told the Headliner News that it was self-defense.

“My mother told me ‘you were crying and he was going to kill you and I blew his head off,’” Hayes said. “I loved them. I don’t care what they did. They protected me and gave me a nice life. I never wanted for anything.”

Hayes said after the arrest of her mom and step-father, she and her two children, a son and a daughter, moved from the St. Louis area back to Chadwick.

 In Wyoming’s Fremont County Court Nov. 1, 2013, Gerald Uden admitted to shooting his ex-wife, 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and two children, Richard, 12, and Reagan, 10, in 1980 and disposing their bodies in an abandoned mine in the mountains. He later retrieved the bodies, placed them in barrels and dropped them in Fremont Lake. A judge sentenced Gerald Uden, who was the children’s adopted father, to life in prison.

In June, Hayes told the Headliner News that Gerald Uden has found peace. But she continues to worry about her mother, who is also battling cancer.

“I deserve the right to be with my mother when she goes,” Hayes said. “I’ve put in the work. I’ve been the good daughter...someone should hold her hand. They’re not going to give her back to me. She’s going to die alone.”

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